Forgotten God by: Francis Chan

Forgotten God is a fancy tale about a boy and his lost dog…or is it?

Forgotten God is really a great dialog that Francis Chan has with himself about the Holy Spirit and himself/his church.  When I first heard about this book, my first thought was that Chan must have been raised in a Pentecostal church.  Come to find out that his upbringing was quite similar to my own.

Being raised in a church that either didn’t talk about the Spirit much, or that acted like its role was basically over 2000 years ago.  That’s both of our backgrounds.  It was nice to see someone come from basically the same place as I did and head towards the same direction.  I am absolutely amazed by some of the confirmations that God shows me in my life.  Not saying I have it all figured out, not by a long shot; but that it would appear that I’m heading down the path that God desires.

I’ve been traveling down the path of the Holy Spirit for a few years now, and ‘Forgotten God’ was really some nice confirmation.  Chan brings up a multitude of fantastic points, but the one that really struck me the most was this.

“It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But it’s absolutely vital to grasp that He didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live out your life in comfort and superficial peace.” – Francis Chan – “Forgotten God”

If that doesn’t hit you right at home….then I would suggest really praying and (biblically) meditating on it.  Chan is notorious for his thoughts on a radical Christian lifestyle here in the states.  And this one clip of the book shows just how biblically sound and yet emotionally and physically difficult living this life is.  I’ve been a missionally minded and a missional church guy for probably 5 or 6 years now…before I was aware of any kind of a movement.  I know living like this is difficult, uncomfortable, and even dangerous at times.  But I, and from what I’ve read from ‘Forgotten God’ and ‘Crazy Love’ would say Chan would agree, that this is the way that God intends for us to live.

In conclusion, I would say that ‘Forgotten God’ is a must read for everyone from any Christian background.  Chan urges for spiritual and physical change in your life, a change that is biblically sound and ultimately needed in this part of the world.  Like ‘Crazy Love,’ it’s a fast read and a relatively short book with some phenomenal points.  You might not agree with everything, but I would say that this book has less disagreeable points than most.

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